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    The Fins have addedformer Chargers HC & longtime offensive assistant Al Saunders to their staff...I'm assuming they're hoping Saunders can help jump-start their anemic O, but i'm hoping he isn't being put in place as a potential HC candidate.

    Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell didn’t pull the plug on defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle on Tuesday, but there are some changes coming to the Dolphins staff on the offensive side of the ball.Albert Breer of NFL Media reports that onetime Chargers head coach and longtime NFL offensive assistant Al Saunders will be joining the team [more]

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    No don't think he is a HC candidate, but someone to help both Campbell and Lazor. Saunders and Lazor worked together in Washington. Looks like yesterday was a focus on the offense.

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    • #3
      Looks to be an adviser. With a career coaching record of 17–22 (.436) that seems about right. Looking at his resume he hasn't stayed with any team longer then 5 years and almost all of his stints have been 1-2 years. It seems that when he gets hired for a job that job doesn't last too long. At the age of 68 I highly doubt he was brought in for anything other then some NFL advice, even though he doesn't have a good coaching record in the NFL, he has more experience then anyone else on the staff. That's sad but true.
      "If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking." - George S. Patton

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      • #4
        My guess is that he is here to help Campbell keep everything together especially clock management. Saunders is a WCO/ZBS guy and while he has had deficiencies he was the OC in KC during the Homes glory years.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DolphinsFreak View Post
          Looks to be an adviser. With a career coaching record of 17–22 (.436) that seems about right. Looking at his resume he hasn't stayed with any team longer then 5 years and almost all of his stints have been 1-2 years. It seems that when he gets hired for a job that job doesn't last too long. At the age of 68 I highly doubt he was brought in for anything other then some NFL advice, even though he doesn't have a good coaching record in the NFL, he has more experience then anyone else on the staff. That's sad but true.
          Thanks for looking that up DF, i was too lazy to do it...Sounds about right, i didn't think he'd had much success wherever he went so hopefully we're not looking to him for too much advice...

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          • Seadog
            Seadog commented
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            Someone's got to hold the clip board....

          • Driven_Phinsane!
            Driven_Phinsane! commented
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            I think we got a lot of clipboard holder's...If you look closely you'll probably find that the clipboards are upside down...

          • DolphinsFreak
            DolphinsFreak commented
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            I had to look him up. I read the original thread and it stated that he was the former Chargers head coach and I had never heard of him. AHA I was curious as to why I have never heard of him. Well, his record, brief tenure and the few years he was with the team is why. I wasn't paying attention to Chargers football in '86-'86 so I didn't recognize his name. Hopefully Campbell will be focusing on the DEFENSIVE changes that need to be made today.

        • #6
          Yeah, my understanding is that he's only here as a consultant and to give an outside view... same as what Mangini did last year. I don't think he's actually on the staff at this point.

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          • #7
            The the most important line from this article. If anybody read my Failures of the ZBS Scheme thread and the links you should know this should be a GREAT thing.

            "When Saunders was the offensive coordinator of the Redskins under "Joe Gibbs" in 2006 and 2007, Lazor was the team’s quarterbacks coach."


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            • #8
              Staff or consultant, either way i probably shouldn't complain that we've hired Al Saunders..Hell, we could hire Colonel Sanders at this point & it would be an upgrade!

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